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Worship in el Pueblo de Dios

June 22nd, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

About a month ago I had the opportunity to spend a week with an Hispanic Mennonite congregation in Dallas, Texas. I wrote up a short piece about my experience. Here’s an excerpt: The Bible study before the Sunday morning worship service of Iglesia Menonita Luz del Evangelio turns into a passionate sermon. A discussion of the […]

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Tags: immigration · published · theology

Bodies Matter: a footwashing protest

April 2nd, 2010 by isaac · 3 Comments

For Holy Thursday a bunch of gathered at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Cary, North Carolina, and held a footwashing worship service—we told them we wanted to wash the feet of the people detained inside. If you haven’t heard about these ICE detention centers, that means the federal government is good […]

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Tags: church life · immigration · political power · sermons · theology

Goshen College, National Anthem: A sermon on Philippians 2:5-11

March 29th, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

There has been a lot on controversy around the recent decision of Goshen College (a Mennonite university in Indiana) to play the national anthem before athletic events. The college has never played the anthem on campus because of the song’s praise of violence (“bombs bursting in air,” etc.). So, needless to say, due to the […]

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Tags: sermons · war

The other MLK

January 11th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

To celebrate MLK Day next week, I wrote a short piece on Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Mennonite Weekly Review. It highlights the King that won’t be remembered on his day. Here’s an excerpt: Most of us don’t want to remember what King didn’t want us to forget: that the racial violence that birthed […]

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Tags: current events

Jesus for President: An Ecumenical Campaign

September 18th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

The Jesus for President campaign came to Raleigh, N.C. on July 22nd. Chris Haw, Shane Claiborne, and their crew took the stage at 7pm. People started filling the seats at 6:30, anticipating the acclaimed campaign. For two and a half hours, Shane and Chris spoke about Jesus and politics to an attentive crowd. Although our […]

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Tags: current events · political power

a prayer for Memorial Day

May 27th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

Congregational Prayer: 5.25.2008 (lectionary text: Isaiah 49:8-16) Here we are God: the same building, the same time of the week, with the same people. We are here because we can’t remember your promises on our own—that you promise new life, redeemed life, holy life, abundant life. God of life, breathe through us the life of […]

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Tags: prayers · war

Hope–a verb: a sermon on politics

May 4th, 2008 by isaac · 5 Comments

Here’s sermon I decided not to preach. I think it’s good, but I realized that it’s not necessarily what my church needs to hear—the Holy Spirit led me elsewhere at the last minute (it seems like God always interrupts a good thing). If you’re into politics, it may be interesting for you. The idea for […]

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Tags: current events · sermons

the threat of a book and police violence

September 24th, 2007 by isaac · 1 Comment

I imagine that I’m a latecomer to this bit of news, but I thought I’d share it here for those who are like me—with their head in the sand most of the time. Last week during a Q & A time with presidential candidate John Kerry at the University of Florida, a student was violently […]

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The president, a servant of God?

August 10th, 2007 by isaac · 1 Comment

I was frightened and disturbed a few weeks ago when I read excerpts from a meeting president Bush had in Israel earlier. This is probably old news for most of the savvy folks out there who follow the blogs. Nonetheless, here’s the line that makes me worry: According to Abbas, immediately thereafter Bush said: ‘God […]

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quotes from Hauerwas

July 26th, 2007 by isaac · 5 Comments

Stanley Hauerwas never gets old. He’s like an aged wine. Well, if he could keep some wine in the cellar it might age properly. But he just can’t keep from publishing books—it’s like one every year! He recently came out with The State of the University. And last year it was his commentary on Matthew […]

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Tags: current events · political power